Keeping buildings safe and healthy for the people who work in them matters. Improving indoor air quality can make a big contribution.
Here are a few steps to achieve it.
1. Maintain a healthy level of humidity:
Humidity between 30-50% keeps the allergens and irritants under control. Also, use a dehumidifier when appropriate. A dehumidifier reduces moisture and helps to control allergens.
2. Use sorbents:
In adsorption technology, a small portion of the indoor air flows through specially designed materials called sorbents. These sorbents are like molecular sponges made to attract and capture specific types of gas molecules such as CO2, VOCs or formaldehyde.
The clean air flows back to the building, without the need to heat or cool the air again. Molecular air cleaners using sorbents involve both physical adsorption and chemisorption to remove contaminants from the air stream.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air may be up to 5 times more polluted than the air we breathe outdoors, which can lead to unhealthy environments for people working in offices.
There are different kinds of technology to clean indoor air, but the cleaning capacity and the type of impurities they clean varies, as do the economics of the purchase.